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admission, acquire any yearly sum below the above-mentioned four mares, one half of the same shall be placed in the common chest, for the use of the Alms-house; and if the person who shall have acquired the property, shall not comply with this ordinance, he is to be expelled.
25 The Tutor to collect the property of the Alms-house, if in any way dispersed, and to husband the same for the common benefit; to encourage charity and peace among the poor people, and to shew them an example of cleanliness and good conduct. The poor people to pay obedience to the Tutor.
26 The Tutor, within a month after his appointment, shall, with the assistance of two of his Fellows, to be nominated by Governors or Overseers, make an inventory of all the moveable goods belonging to the Alms-house, and present it to the Governors or Overseers; this to be done at the end of every year. Every Tutor, upon leaving his office, shall render to the Governors or Overseers, an account of his administration.
27 None of the poor people to lodge out of the Alms-house, without reasonable cause, to be approved by the Tutor. If any of the poor people be drunken, or gluttons, or troublesome to his Fellows, or haunt taverns, or be unchaste, or walk, or gaze in the streets of Croydon, by day or night, out of sight of the Alms-house, unless he go to the church, or church-yard, with reasonable cause, approved by the Tutor, or the Governors or Overseers, the allowance of such person shall be twice witheld by the Tutor, and for the third offence, he shall be expelled.
28 If any poor person shall be convicted before the Tutor, Governors, or Overseers, of being slanderous and turbulent, or of wasting the goods of the Alms-house, or of being a common letcher, or of more flagrant crimes, such person shall be expelled; and in case any person so expelled, after the Founder's decease, shall wish to appeal, it must be to the Overseers only.
29 Negligence and offences on the part of the Tutor, to be punished by the Governors and Overseers, according to the
degree of his guilt, either by witholding part, or the whole of his allowance, or by expelling him.
30 The Governors and Overseers, and their successors, shall after the Founder's decease, have power to make new laws, provided that such laws be according to reason, and not against the statutes of the Founder. In case of any misunderstanding of the Founder's statutes, they shall be corrected by the Overseers.
31 The Foundation to be commemorated yearly, by the Tutor and poor people, in the church of Croydon; such commemoration to begin a twelvemonth after the Founder's decease. Upon such occasions, the Tutor and poor people to pay out of the aforesaid £18 to the Vicar, if he be present, 20d. and to either of the Churchwardens, if they be present, 20d. and to every Priest and Parish-clerk, 4d. The Tutor to offer 1d. and each of the poor people to offer an obolus.
32 The Tutor and poor people are to pay certain money to the four Masters or Wardens of the Mercers' company, as a recompence for visiting the Foundation.
33 Any poor person begging money in the Alms-house shall be expelled.
34 The Founder states that he has given four cottages, with gardens, for the benefit of the Alms-house, and that it was his desire that they should be let out to farm to the best advantage.
35 The statutes are to be read and expounded to the po people once in every year; the Founder reserves to himsel the privilege of altering them, if he should think right; and exhorts the objects of his munificence to live in christian charity.
Finally follows the execution of the Indenture, by the Founder, the Tutor, and the Poor people; concluding thus:
"Gevin at Croydon aforesaid, the XXVIII day of the Moneth of Aprill, the yere of the incarnacion of our Lord
Ihu Christ, MCCCCXLVII, and of our sovereigne lord the kynge Henry the VIth. after the conquest of Engeland, the XXVIIth."
Archbishop Whitgift's Deed of Foundation.
To all true Christian people to whome theis presents shall come, John Whitegift, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England, and Metropolitan, sendeth greeting in our Lord God everlasting. Whereas in the session of Parliament houlden at Westminster, in the nyne and thirtith yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne Ladie Elizabeth the Queene's Majesty that nowe is, one acte was made entituled "An acte for erecting of Hospitalls or Abidinge and Workinge-houses for the Poore:" Nowe this present deede witnesseth that the said John Whitegift, Archbishop of Canterburie, nowe beinge seised of an estate in fee simple in his owne right, and to his owne use, of and in one building of brick, or brick-house, newly and lately by him built and erected in Croydon in the countie of Surrey, d of and in certen other houses, gardyns, orchardes, courtes, erds, and groundes thereunto adjoyning, situat and beinge in Croydon aforesaid, doth by the power, virtue, strength, licence, and authoritie of the said acte, by this his present dede to be enrolled in the high courte of Chauncerie, erecte, founde, and establish the saide building of brick, or brickhouse, and the saide houses, gardyns, orchards, courtes, yerds, and groundes thereunto adjoyning, to be an hospitall and abidinge place for the finding sustentation, and reliefe of certain maymed, poore, needie or impotent people, to have continuance for ever; which hospitall, and the persons therein to be placed, the said John Whitegift, Archbishop of Canterburie,
hath assigned, limited and appoynted, and hereby doth assign, limit, and appoynte, to be incorporated, named, and called by the name of the Hospital of the Holie Trinitie in Croydon of the foundation of John Whitegift Archbishop of Canterburie; and the same Hospitall, by the name of the Hospitall of the Holie Trinitie in Croydon of the foundation of John Whitegift Archbishop of Canterburie, doth, by force and vertue of the said Acte of Parliament, and by this his deede, erect founde, and establish, firmely to have continuance for ever; and doth also ordeyne, limite, and appointe that the same Hospitall shall consist of one Wardeine, which shall be the headd of the said Hospitall; and of maymed, poore, or impotent persons, not exceeding in all the number of forty, which shall be the bodye and members of the said Hospitall, and they from tyme to tyme to be chosen, nominated, placed, appoynted and assigned, according to the true intent and meaning hereafter in theis presents expressed or mentioned. And to the end that the said intent and purpose of the saide Archbishop of Canterburie may take the better and more sure effect, and that the landes, tenements, rents, revenewes, and other hereditaments, and also all and singular goodes and chattells, nowe or hereafter to he given, granted, assigned, or appoynted to or for the sustenaunce, or mayntenance of the said Hospitall, and of the Wardeyne and maymed poore or impotent persons therein for the tyme being abiding, may the better be maynteyned, governed, disposed, ruled, and bestowed forever hereafter; the said Archbishop of Canterburie appoynteth, assigneth, limiteth, and ordeyneth by theis presents that from henceforth for ever there be and shall be one Wardeyne of the said Hospital of the Holie Trinitie in Croydon of the foundation of John Whitegift Archbishop of Canterburie, and of the landes, tenements, rents, revenewes, possessions, and other hereditaments of the same Hospitall, and also of the goodes and chattells of the same, which shall be called the Wardeyne of the Hospitall of the Holie Trinitie in Croydon of the foundation
of John Whitegift, Archbishop of Canterburie; and that for ever there be and shall be maymed poore or impotent persons, not exceeding the number of fortie, which shall be susteyned, maynteyned, and relieved in the same Hospitall, and from tyme to tyme be chosen, nominated, placed, appoynted, and assigned, according to the true intent and meaning hereafter in theis presents expressed or mentioned; which likewise shall be called the Poore of the Hospitall of the Holie Trinitie in Croydon of the Foundation of John Whitegift Archbishop of Canterburie and for the office and function of the Wardeyne of the same Hospitall well and truly to be executed and exercised, the said Archbishop of Canterburie, for the first tyme, hath chosen, assigned and appoynted and by theis presents doth choose, ssigne and appoynte Philip Jenkins to be the first and present Wardeine of the same Hospitall, and of the landes, tenements, rents, revenewes, possessions and other hereditaments of the same Hospitall, and also of the goodes and chattells of the same and also the said Archbishop of Canterburie hath chosen, assigned, and appoynted, and by theis presents doth choose, assign, and appoynte, John Hallerd, Christopher Ferrer, Reynold Scroobie, Richard Duble, Robert Curtis, Edward Holloway, Edward Pringle, Augustine Willis, Robert King, Henry Jefferie, Henry Leaver, and Thomas Elton, to be twelve of the first of the sayd maymed, poore, or impotent persons, not exceeding the number of fortie, of the same Hospitall, to contynue in the same Hospitall with the residue of the said maymed poore or impotent persons, not exceeding the number of fortie, hereafter from tyme to tyme to be chosen, nominated, placed, appoynted, and assigned, by the said Archbishop, his heirs, executors, or assigns, according to the true intent and meaning hereafter in theis presents expressed or mentioned. And further the said Archbishop of Canterburie doth by theis presents (by force and vertue of the said acte) graunte, ordeyne, lymitt, assigne, and appoynte that the Wardeine and maymed poore or impotent of the same Hospitall as is aforesaid, and their successors